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Kofi Adda dies after a short illness

Former Minister for Aviation , Mr. Jospeh Kofi Adda, has passed on.

The former legislator was 65-years old.

Mr. Adda died in the wee hours of Thursday, October 14, 2021, upon arrival at the Legon Hospital in Accra.

The cause of his death is immediately unknown but it is gathered Mr. Adda has been battling with an undisclosed ailment for a while now.

Reactions

The family of the former lawmaker is yet to officially issue a statement to announce his demise but social media has already been flooded with condolences to the bereaved family.

Politicians, friends, and the general public are yet to come to terms with the unfortunate incident.

While some share their last memory with the former Aviation Minister on various social media platforms, others remember him as a distinguished son of the land.

Who was Kofi Addai?

Joseph Adda is a Financial Economist and a Management Consultant. He worked as an Executive officer at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana in 1979. Between 1983 and 1984, he worked as a Research Analyst intern at the Third World Trade Institute, New York, USA. Over the next two years, he was an Account Executive and Management trainee at the Equitable Financial Service, Inc., in New Jersey, USA.

Mr. Adda has also worked at Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, USA (1986 – 1988), Thomson McKinnon Securities Inc., New York (1989 – 1991), and with Deloitte and Touche Consulting, (West Africa), Accra (1991 – 1994). Since 1994, Joseph Adda has been the Director of Omni Consulting International (Ghana) Ltd Between 1996 and 2000, he worked in various capacities at the Ministry of Finance, Ghana. He is the Minister for Aviation. He took the leadership of the ministry in 2018.

Adda first became a Member of Parliament in 2003. He won the by-election for the Navrongo Central constituency after the death of the incumbent, John Achuliwor. He retained his seat in the 2004 parliamentary election. He was appointed the Minister for Manpower Development and Employment by President John Kufuor in 2005. On 28 April 2006, he was moved in a cabinet reshuffle to the position of Minister for Energy. He was later replaced by Felix Owusu-Adjapong as Minister of Energy by President Kuffuor. Joe Adda retained his seat when the NPP lost the general elections in 2008. He however lost the seat in the 2012 elections to Mark Woyongo.

In May 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo named Joseph Kofi Adda as part of nineteen ministers who would form his cabinet The names of the 19 ministers were submitted to the Parliament of Ghana and announced by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye. As a Cabinet minister, Joseph Kofi Adda is part of the inner circle of the president and is to aid in key decision-making activities in the country.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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